Dolphin owner to sue gov’t

THE Management of Solmarine Mammal Breeding Centre says it is taking legal action against the government over the raid done to its dolphin research facility on Mbungana, Gela, last Saturday. Officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and police in Honiara raided the facility and released 27 dolphins kept in pens by Solmarine. “Solmarine has not…

FIRE TRAGEDY

Early morning blaze destroys Hatanga head office FIRE fighters were unable to stop an early morning blaze that gutted the headquarters of Hatanga Ltd at Ranadi, east Honiara, last Friday. By day break, the main complex that housed the company’s office and warehouse was gone. “The fire started at around 3am,” a neighbour told the…

Korea hosts PICs meeting in Busa

SOLOMON Islands was among other Pacific Island Countries (PICs) that participated at the 4th Korea-PICs Senior Officials Meeting in Busan, Korea, from the 24th to the 27th of October, 2016. The Solomon Islands delegation was led by William Soaki, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Joseph Atkin-Tada, Assistant Secretary of the Asia, Africa…

Saving our last biodiversity hotspots

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More health workers needed

SOUTH Pacific countries need more people to get into the health services. President of International Council of Nurses, Dr Judith Shamian highlighted this during the opening ceremony at Mendana hotel in Honiara on Monday. “As the population in the South Pacific gets increasing every time, it is demanding that more workers are needed into the…

Faith based groups share views on Family Bill

FAITH Based organisations want to see less power given to the Director in the Child and Family Welfare Bill 2016. They raised their concerns when they appeared before the Bills and Legislation Committee in Parliament on Wednesday. The groups, which included Family Support Centre, Christian Care Centre, and Solomon Islands Christian Association, thought there should…

First dengue case in Buala

BUALA Hospital in Isabel Province has recorded one confirmed dengue fever case for the first time. The case was recorded towards the end of last month when the patient was undergoing treatment at Buala hospital. Hospital Director Dr Helen Hopkins said that there was only one confirmed case so far despite the many suspect cases…

Pepeo is still on the run

A MAN who has failed to turn up in court since last year to answer to his charges including one that he allegedly collided with another car killing the driver, is yet to be located and re-arrested. Robert Pepeo has been under a warrant of arrest since November 2015. Public Prosecutor John Wesley Zoze on…

Man who faces rape charge denies allegations

A man who allegedly raped and indecently assaulted his wife’s niece has denied the allegation yesterday when he appeared in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court.  The man who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim yesterday pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape. The alleged…

Commander PPF takes RSIPF’s deputy post

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Participating Police Force Commander (CPPF), John Tanti has taken his oath before the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Commissioner Frank Prendergast at Rove Police Headquarters on the on Monday this week. Commander John Tanti takes his oath to carry out duties as Deputy Commissioner of Royal…